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Manufacture of Pesticides and Other Agro-Chemical Products
BY Ebrahim-Khalil Hassen
South Africa
28 February 2017
R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
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The Manufacture of Pesticides and other Agrochemical Products


The agrochemicals industry produces a range of pesticides or crop protection products to support the agricultural industry, thus helping to ensure food security and promote economic growth. The latest available data from Statistics South Africa indicates that total income in this important yet controversial sector was R30.983bn in 2014. The industry is highly concentrated with the five largest companies accounting for 53.1% of all income.


Controversy


The use of glyphosate remains controversial with many commentators convinced that the herbicide causes cancer. According to the South African Department of Science and Technology, 86% of maize and 85% of soy in South Africa is genetically modified and most of the country’s crops are sprayed with the weed killer Roundup which contains glyphosate.


Proposed Mega-Mergers


Since 2015 several international mega-mergers have been proposed that will impact on the future of the industry. These involve global giants, ChemChina and Syngenta, DuPont and Dow, and Monsanto and Bayer. Should these mega-mergers be permitted by competition authorities, the three merged companies would own more than 60% of the world’s patented seeds and pesticides. Locally Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto is likely to be contentious, as several civil society organisations have raised concerns about its impact on small-scale farming.


Report Coverage


The Manufacture of Pesticides and other Agrochemical Products describes current conditions and the regulatory environment and provides information on imports and exports. Factors that influence the success of the sector are also covered, and include drought and threats to crops posed by new pests such as the Fall Armyworm. Profiles for 12 companies are provided including smaller players, Scientific Chemicals (Pty) Ltd and Kombat (Pty) Ltd which both have one manufacturing site and employ fewer than 30 people. Also profiled is Intelichem (Pty) Ltd, which received Competition Commission approval to acquire Meridian Agrochemical Company (Pty) Ltd and Synovatech (Pty) Ltd in July 2016.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4.1. Local 6
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 9
4.1.2. Regulations 10
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 12
4.2. Continental 13
4.3. International 14
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 16
5.1. Economic Environment 16
5.2. Government Initiatives 17
5.3. Environmental Concerns 17
5.4. Socio-Economic Issues 18
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 18
5.6. Intellectual Property Issues 19
5.7. Labour 19
6. COMPETITION 20
6.1. Barriers to Entry 21
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 22
8. OUTLOOK 22
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION 22
10. REFERENCES 23
10.1. Publications 23
10.2. Websites 24
APPENDIX 1 26
Import and Export of Pesticide Sub-Sectors (2009-2014) 26
APPENDIX 2 28
List of Merger and Acquisition Deals (2016) 28
COMPANY PROFILES 40
AECI LTD 40
ARYSTA LIFESCIENCE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 46
BASF AGRICULTURAL SPECIALITIES (PTY) LTD 49
BASF SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 51
BAYER (PTY) LTD 53
DOW AGROSCIENCES SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 56
FARM-AG INTERNATIONAL (PTY) LTD 58
INTELICHEM (PTY) LTD 60
KOMBAT (PTY) LTD 62
MONSANTO SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 64
SCIENTIFIC CHEMICALS (PTY) LTD 67
SYNGENTA SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 69